Puu O Hulu

MODERATE 381 reviews

Puu O Hulu is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

bugs

rocky

scramble

This is one of the shortest hikes on Oahu. For many the drive out to this location will take longer than the hike up to the top of Puu O Hulu. Be prepared for a hot and dry climb to a set of bunkers with some of the best views of Nanakuli and Waianae. Puu O Hulu is a small ridge that is situated on the ocean side between Nanakuli and Ma'ili. It is clearly distinguishable from its double back that makes it look like a camel's hump with a water tank lodged in the middle. This split between the ocean side (kai) versus the inland side (uka) makes for an interesting hike albeit an very open exposed ridge hike. It can get narrow in certain spots with drop offs to the left and right; though nothing dangerous. There are a number of bunkers at the top with the most spectacular pillbox painted a hot pink(!) Take your time to enjoy the 360 degree views. On a clear day you can see all the way to Kaena Point in the west, Mount Kaala in the North and Kapolei/Campbell Industrial Park in the south.

10 days ago

It’s an awesome and fairly easy as long as you take the right way. When it comes to a fork make sure you take the left if you aren’t looking for a challenge. The right is much steeper and can be exhausting in the heat. Many bunkers and definitely worth the view.

hiking
12 days ago

Leeward is on fire!

17 days ago

Great hike, especially at sunset. A couple switch backs and steep parts, but worth the climb once you get to the top. Can get warm and there is no shade/breeze so bring water.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike, moderately difficult with rocky terrain. Beautiful sights the entire way up.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike at sunset. Nice 360 views.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike a little warm when we went today around 1000. It is a moderate hike with a lot of switchbacks, but some amazing views on top and during the climb. The climb past the pink pill box is along a ridge for a very short distance and is not for those with a fear of heights. It was moderately trafficked on a Saturday probably less trafficked on a weekday.

1 month ago

Go early! We got there at 9am and it was really hot and humid in the trail. There’s not much shade and the trail ends up feeling hotter because of the way it’s set up, they’re like hot pockets. Not great, pace yourself and definitely bring water & wear SPF. The pill boxes were really cool, the pink one you’ll need someone to boost you if you want photos on top of it. Incredible, gorgeous views. Worth it!!!

1 month ago

I didn’t get to finish the hike because I brought my black lab when we went to hike this in the afternoon. The trail was too hot for our lab. She started laying down to get her feet off the trail dirt. Recommend doing this in the mornings if you plan to bring your pets! Will be back to get to the pillbox, looks pretty cool from the bottom

1 month ago

nice hike up a steep mountain. great views!

1 month ago

A little steep and strenuous, but the views are worth it.

1 month ago

Great hike!
It gets hot during the middle of the day but totally doable. Great ocean views!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful anytime, in the day time for a juicy ocean color views or for the gorgeous sunset in the evening.

Short, but a little slippery (small dry rocks), changing if the sun is out. Suggest to wear sunblock and hat anytimes. Not so great for a pets, since there is almost no shade and no breeze.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail. There is no shade though, so bring water and wear sunscreen! The views from the top are spectacular-- the colors contrast well, making for a great photo shoot!

1 month ago

Quick but rewarding hike. Hot and not a lot of shade. A few cool trees with exposed roots. Interesting history.

2 months ago

Short and sweet. Took a small dog with us and she struggled with the hot temps on the way back so I had to carry her down. Great views and the walk up got the heart beating pretty good.

2 months ago

pretty quick(in my opinion) hike up to great views. also lots of places to take some pretty cool pictures not that much foot traffic either

2 months ago

Worth it. Go early for heat.

2 months ago

Really fun, and fast trail.

Start of the trail was super easy to find, just follow the dirt road right from the side of the road! The trail gets steep quickly, but the incredible views from the top are well worth it.

Went with my dog, and he loved it! Just be mindful of your four-legged friends near the top as the trail can become narrow.

2 months ago

Good hike to do yourself. Super peaceful and beautiful views. I definitely recommend it!

2 months ago

Great trail. Nice size climb but not too difficult. Toughest part is at the very beginning. Amazing views from the top.

2 months ago

Good trail but hot and very little breeze. Views are spectacular at the top. Be sure to have lots of water!

3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous views. Pretty moderate hike- some steep areas but nothing too difficult. Would recommend going in the AM when temps are cooler. Hike is pretty exposed to be prepared to spend majority of the hike in the sun. HIGHLY recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Maybe I was just having an off day, but this was not one of my most favorite hikes. I think it's worth going once because the pink pillbox is very famous, but the Ehukai Pillboxes in Pupukea are prettier and the hike is very pleasant and shaded.

Pros: Insanely gorgeous mountain range in view during the hike, amazing ocean view up top, creative graffiti in the pillboxes
Cons: a bit steep with little to steady yourself, if it's windy the ridge on top is unpleasant and scary, go early or it gets HOT!

3 months ago

great views from the top.

trail running
3 months ago

It is more vigorous then the others let on, I wouldn’t take children on this hike because it is up hill! But definitely worth the climb because the view is amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

This short little trail is bomb and wastes no time climbing right off. The bat. Great views of the ocean and surrounding suburbs. Ideal at sunset

hiking
3 months ago

So the views are to die for. The hike up although short is a super workout. It’s just too busy and getting too touristy.

Like Koko Head, which is also getting too crowded, this is the type of hike I would do a couple times per week as a workout if I lived closer.

It actually takes more time to drive to it than do the actual hike. Plenty of parking.

Tip: water, baseball hat, and sunscreen! There is no shade until you actually go into the pillboxes. Oh, and keep your dogs on leash! There are a lot of dogs on these trails.

hiking
3 months ago

Short and easy with a great view at the top! It's currently fairly overgrown in a lot of areas, but the trail is still very well defined, so there are no issues in finding your way. You might be rubbing against tall grass and brush though since the trail tends to be narrow almost the entire way up.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on 4/18 to stretch our legs during vacation. Temp was perfect at 8:30a. Tall grass on the shoulder of the well marked path. We both wore shorts and had no issues. Took approx 25 mins to get up and 20 down. Perfect place to share a lunch or a beverage. Recommended for anyone who brought trail shoes. Mahalo.

hiking
4 months ago

Short, steady incline hike. The views and photo ops are great!

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